Just a few weeks after they landed one franchise icon, the Giants have struck again: According to a source, San Francisco has agreed to a deal with the Pirates that would bring star center fielder Andrew McCutchen to the Bay Area.
While Giants fans have every right to be thrilled, it's the end of an era in Pittsburgh. Since the Pirates drafted him 11th overall in the 2005 Draft, Cutch has been the face of the franchise, hitting .291/.379/.487 and taking home an NL MVP Award in 2013. But really, his contributions go so far beyond the box score -- so we're here to help the Steel City say goodbye in the only appropriate fashion: with lots and lots of GIFs.
Of course, no celebration of Cutch would be complete without that swing -- impossibly sudden and lightning quick, like his bat got fired out of a slingshot. No wonder he hit 203 homers with the Pirates:
He even hit three in one game:
Sometimes he celebrated them with his finest Sammy Sosa impression:
Other times he could only thank the heavens:
Unsurprisingly, all those dingers helped Pittsburgh return to contention. Cutch had a hand in some big wins over the years, from the team's first postseason game in more than 20 years to a weird, wild roller coaster of a walk-off against the Cardinals -- which he celebrated as only Cutch can:
And yet, somehow, that wasn't even his best walk-off celebration:
The dance moves
As the above GIF shows, no one could get down like McCutchen. He could dance in the dugout:
He could dance in the outfield:
He could even dance on the basepaths.
Of course, all the above pale in comparison to McCutchen's most important attribute: He's quite possibly the most charming man in baseball.
Seriously, look at this smile:
The entire diamond is his stage:
He's even charming with a bubble-gum bucket on his head:
Yes, it's been a great nine years. But as one of our nation's finest bards once said, every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end -- and now McCutchen is off to win some new fans in San Francisco. We know the ones in Pittsburgh will remember him fondly.